Fatherhood Initiatives

Dads Job Training Program

Children’s Friend provides a job training program for Dads whose family are clients of the agency. This 12-week paid training program is an excellent opportunity to learn new skills or to expand a skill set. Our comprehensive program introduces participants to basic facilities construction and maintenance; metal working; and environmental services.
Successful participants receive multiple certifications, including:

  • OSHA-10 certification
  • HAZWOPER -40 (Hazardous waste operation and removal) certification
  • Lead RRP (removal, renovation and painting) certification
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Forklift training
  • Metalworking certificate
Dads also received job readiness training (resume writing, job search techniques, and effective interviewing skills) as well as soft skills training (effective communication in the workplace, managing expectations, and dealing with conflict on the job).

For more information contact Susan Grant at 401.721.6474 or 

View Marc’s Story – a success story of a participant in our Dad’s Training Program

Dedicated Dads Group

Children’s Friend has long recognized the important role fathers play in the lives of their children. That is why, for over a decade, Children’s Friend has facilitated a dad’s group – an opportunity for fathers to interact with their peers, build relationships with other fathers, to share openly and to learn from one another.

Our “Dedicated Dads” group is a fun, informative and educational environment that support men in their role as father or father-figure. In addition, opportunities for fun parent/child interactions are built into the schedule, including a bowling night and visiting local parks. Our Dads Group meets every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at our Friendship Center. Dinner and child care are provided.

For more information contact Susan Grant at 401.721.6474 or